Maybe because of the way I was taught to always respect elders, and greet them properly especially when you are the visitor at someone’s house, that’s why I don’t see what the big deal is with Obama being respectful when greeting King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Everyone(mostly conservatives) seems to be making a big deal about President Obama bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. Coming from my background, I know if I went to the Oba of Lagos’ palace, I’ll greet properly, and I’m sure it wont be a handshake or a hug – it will be more like lying flat on the ground. It really doesn’t matter if I’m the Igwe of Onitsha, or the Sultan of Brunei, I’d still greet the Oba of Lagos properly, and with his due respect.
“By bending over to show greater respect to Islam, the U.S. president belittled the power and independence of the United States,” the Washington Times said in an editorial. This kind of mentality and arrogance is a major reason the world outside of the United States & the Islam world perceives America the way it does. The King of Saudi Arabia is 84 years old, and President Obama is 47. This is common sense – at least that’s what I think anyways. I can’t think of anywhere else in the world where a 47 year old man, regardless of his political status greeting an 84 year man in traditional fashion would be looked at as blasphemy or belittling. Obama, I think, just displayed good home training, and humility – which I think should be admired rather than criticized.
The White House officially denied that he bowed, which is expected, but I thought it was a bow. Maybe not a full-fledged bow, but it was a bow regardless. However, if he did in fact bow, what’s the big deal? In this time of economic recession, and millions of job cuts, this is one of the lesser things to worry about. So what does everyone else think? Big Deal or Not?